Hamilton Leithauser teams with Angel Olsen for new single “Heartstruck (Wild Hunger)”: Stream

The first release from the former The Walkmen member's new label home, Glassnote Records

Photos by Philip Cosores (Leithauser) and Ben Kaye (Olsen)

Hamilton Leithauser has spent the majority of 2017 supporting his collaborative effort with Rostam, last fall’s I Had a Dream That You Were MineNow, the former Walkmen frontman has signed on with Glassnote Records as a solo artist, and he’s celebrating with the release of another new collaboration.

Leithauser has tapped Angel Olsen for his latest single, a swaying track called “Heartstruck (Wild Hunger)”. The song has an old Hollywood romance to it thanks to big strings and a ticky-tack percussive backbone. That’s a fitting era for Leithauser and Olsen’s vocal abilities, and their modern sensibilities lend the whole thing a modern indie swing.

In a statement, Leithauser said,

“This song is about catching yourself off guard when an emotion hits a little harder than you were ready for. It’s a desperate and funny situation. The desperation can be a little bit ridiculous, which can be a little bit funny, but it’s also desperate, so it’s agonizing. I thought “Wild Hunger” should be delivered with huge passion and energy, and I needed a fierce and booming voice as a counterbalance. Luckily, I got my first choice: Angel Olsen.”

Check it out below.

“Heartstruck (Wild Hunger)” promises to be just the first bit of new material from Leithauser. A press release promises “more music to follow in 2018” from Glassnote. Until then, you can check Leithauser out on tour at the dates below.

Hamilton Leithauser 2017 Tour Dates:
10/13 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/18 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
10/19 – Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre *
10/20 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West @ King Plow Arts Center *
10/21 – Birmingham, AL @ The Saturn *
10/23 – St Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall *
10/24 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall *
10/26 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave *
10/27 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre *
10/28 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre *
10/30 – Toronto, ONT @ Danforth Music Hall *
11/01 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel *
11/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
11/03 – Boston, MA @ Royale *
11/04 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall *
11/09 – San Diego, CA @ Belly Up *
11/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda *
11/11 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore *
11/14 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *
11/15 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre *
11/16 – Portland OR @ Wonder Ballroom *

* = w/ Courtney Marie Andrews


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